Although it might sound counterintuitive, drivers may be in more danger on the road when there is an inch of snow compared to a large snowstorm. There are several reasons for this including the fact that there may be more traffic just before a minor snow event. While it may be easy to stay off the road when there is a foot of snow, it may be harder to perceive danger during periods of light snow.
Furthermore, drivers may continue to go at speeds that are more suited for road conditions that are free from snow and ice. In some cases, the roads themselves may be to blame for an increased accident rate. During the beginning of a minor snow or ice event, the roads may not be properly treated, which can make them slicker than normal. Finally, if it has not snowed in awhile, drivers may need time to adjust to winter driving, which could lead to higher accident rates during the first snowfall or ice event of the year.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, roughly 25 percent of crashes between 2004 and 2013 were weather related. Of those crashes, 17 percent of them occurred when it was snowing or sleeting. Another 27 percent occurred because of slushy, snowy or icy pavement.
Those who have been in car accidents could suffer serious injuries such as broken bones or brain damage. Therefore, it may be wise to talk to a personal injury attorney. An attorney might possibly review the case to determine what types of compensation an injured victim may be entitled to and whether to seek an award through trial or through settlement talks.